The Quayside

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  • The Quayside

    The Quayside is the area along the banks of the River Tyne, with Newcastle north of the river and Gateshead to the south.  The area was once a busy industrial and commercial dockside serving the city.  In recent years the area has been heavily redeveloped to provide an environment for the modern arts, music and culture.  

    The Gateshead side of the river is now referred to as the Gateshead Quays and is the site of both the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and The Sage Gateshead performing arts and conference centre. 

    The iconic Tyne Bridge is known throughout the world, linking Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead.  There are actually ten bridges connecting the two.  The Tyne Bridge, relatively new Millennium footbridge, the Swing Bridge, the High Level Bridge, the Queen Elizabeth Bridge, the King Edward rail bridge, the Redheugh Bridge, Scotswood Bridge, the A1 western bypass, and the Newburn Bridge.

    One of the Quayside’s main features is the pedestrian Gateshead Millennium Bridge, opened in 2001, which spans the river between the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and the Newcastle Law Courts.  The Millennium Bridge is a pedestrian and cyclist tilt bridge.  The award-winning structure was conceived and designed by architect Wilkinson Eyre and structural engineer Gifford.  It is sometimes referred to as the ‘Blinking Eye Bridge‘ or the ‘Winking Eye Bridge‘ due to its shape and its tilting method. 

    The Newcastle side also hosted a regular street market, they still have a market there on every Sunday including Easter Sunday, Newcastle Quayside.

    Newcastle’s iconic quayside is one of the most popular areas to party with an array of bars, clubs and restaurants to choose from.  Guaranteed a good night you can pick and choose your venues as you bar crawl from one to another.  The easiest way to get there is to walk down Dean Street and keep going till you get to the river!  It might seem like a bit of a hike at first but it is all downhill and once there the quayside has everything you need in one place with something for everyone.  

    If all that walking has worked up a hunger the Hop & Cleaver is a great place to grab a bite and a pint, before moving on to the clubs for cocktails and partying like a Geordie!  If walking isn’t your thing there is an excellent bus service called the Quaylink.  

    There are some excellent cocktail bars and clubs along the waterfront with Sandhill just by the swing bridge having some of the best in town.  You can find them listed on our handy guide here.  

    If you head in the opposite direction you will find some relaxed quayside bars such as The Head of Steam Quayside and Pitcher & Piano, with great views of the river and iconic Tyne and Millennium bridges.

    Looking for somewhere to eat on the Quayside?  Try out handy guide here.





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